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Two-day festival features glassblowing, live music

Andre "Dreda Dre" Tyson, seen here, will perform at the King of the Hill Flame Off on April 19 and 20.

Andre "Dreda Dre" Tyson, seen here, will perform at the King of the Hill Flame Off on April 19 and 20.

A two-day music and glassblowing festival will kickoff in South Shore this weekend, offering a free event for families of all ages, organizers said.

The King of the Hill Flame Off, presented by Buttermuffin Smoke Shop, will involve a glassblowing competition, live music and merchandise from a variety of local vendors.

“It’s a big local event,” said Andre “Dreda Dre” Tyson, a rapper who will be the headlining performer both days of the event. “All these key players in the community will be there, so that’s why I think it’s so important to get out there.”

The event will run from noon to 6 p.m. on April 19 and 20 in Swiss Chalet Village, located at 2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd. It’s the first one under the King of the Hill Flame Off name, Buttermuffin co-owner Leandra Hale said, but the shop has been hosting similar events on April 20 for the past 15 years.

The festival will feature a dozen glassblowers and the grand reopening of local record store Mad About Music, along with live music from Dreda Dre, South Shore reggae band Rise Up, and several DJs.

Raffles and a silent auction will also be held throughout the event, with proceeds benefiting Tyler Winters, a teenager expected to undergo a heart transplant soon.

Hale said the event is great for the community and will have plenty of activities for the whole family.

“It’s for our community, and it’s going to be fun,” she said.